Lesson 1: Colours in French

Using coloured beanbags to introduce French colour words, children answer the question, 'What colour is it?' - 'c’est de quelle couleur?', and progress to responding accurately to verbal instructions to build a tower of coloured bricks.

Learning objective

  • To recognise and name colour words

National curriculum links

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop accurate pronunciation
  • Begin to present ideas and information orally
  • Link spelling, sound and meaning of words

KS2 Framework:

  • Remember a sequence of spoken words (O3.4)
  • Make links between some phonemes, rhymes and spelling (L3.2)
  • KAL Recognise how sounds are represented in written form

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Teacher knowledge - language points

Attention grabber

Main event

Wrapping up

During the week

  • Continue with the register-calling exercises from the unit ‘French, Year 3, French greetings with puppets’ to keep reminding the children of the vocabulary they have already learned.
  • Call out a colour in French and get the children to find something of that colour in the classroom.
  • Use the French colours as team names in your PE lesson.
  • Learn ‘I can sing a rainbow’ in French:

Rouge et jaune et rose et vert,

Orange et violet et bleu,

Les couleurs de l’arc…. de l’arc…

De l’arc-en-ciel

Rainbow in French (l’arc-en-ciel) translates as ‘the arch in the sky’.

  • Practise writing colour words by making calligrams to display. For example, fill an outline of a rainbow, flower petals or other objects with the colour word, written in different shapes and sizes in the appropriate colour.

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Belinda Dean,  
Languages specialist
Belinda is a French and Spanish teacher as well as a trainer for Network for Languages at Bath Spa University for the last seven years, delivering courses for teachers and PGCE students, and Expert Centre co-ordinator for the Global Learning…
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